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Newspaper should publish salaries of all local public employees

To The Daily Sun,

Despite some recent revelations about the level of compensation and benefits being paid to government and school employees in the Lakes Region, the taxpaying citizenry is still faced with a significant lack of transparency. I respectfully suggest that the press is well situated to remedy this situation and to do so would be in the most noble traditions of a free press.

Specifically, I suggest that the lead taken by the Union Leader be followed, namely a routine publication over several daily editions of all employees of the cities, towns and school in the Lakes Region, indicating by name and position, length of employment, base compensation, and total taxpayer expense, including benefits for each individual. This is information that each citizen and taxpayer has a true right to know.

A good place to start would be with the City of Laconia and the Town of Gilford.

If one looks at the Annual Report of the Town of Gilford, one can see the expenditures during the past year by the town for each vendor. Although each vendor is identified and the amount(s) paid is stated, there is no explanation. But everyone probably already knows that our biggest expense is personnel costs and benefits, so that is a key disclosure that is not yet being made.

As far as privacy concerns of individuals, I respectfully suggest that when one accepts employment by the government, including the public schools, he or she gives up any right to privacy as far as their compensation and benefits, which we, the taxpayers, are paying.

Norman J. Silber
Gilford

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2015 Medicare bill eleminated only 2 of 10 'Medigap' plans

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor from Marc Abear regarding supplemental/Medigap health insurance plans.

Mr. Abear wrote; "Medicare supplemental insurance, so-called Medigap plans have been attacked. Most Medigap plans pay the beneficiaries' deductibles and co-pays. The reason for purchasing these plans is that they cushion you from the out-of-pocket impacts of Medicare services which you need when you can least afford them." He goes on to say, "Our government passed a law last year discouraging beneficiaries from buying such plans. Last April, Congress passed a Medicare bill, which the president signed, restricting first-dollar coverage for Medicap plans. The reform takes effect in 2020 meaning it will save little, according to the CBO."

I believe that Mr. Abear is stating that Medigap plans will not be available to cover out-of-pocket costs from Medicare.

It is true that a Medicare bill was passed in April 2015. But this bill is only eliminating the two plans that cover the Part B deductible, which is $166 for this year. Those two plans are the "C" plan and the "F" plan. The remaining eight plans that cover some or all of the other out-of-pocket costs from Medicare will still be available.

People with Medicare who have a C or F plan going into the year 2020 will be able to keep them. After the year 2020, supplemental plans will not include the C or the F plan; the two that cover the Part B deductible.

Please feel free to contact me at ServiceLink, 1-866-634-9412 or 528-6945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for any Medicare and Medicare Supplemental questions you have.

Louisa Simpson

Medicare Specialist

ServiceLink of Belknap County

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